You might have thought about the potential for mold to grow in your bathroom and other moist areas in your home, but you may have never thought about it affecting your roof. However, parts of your roof -- such as your trusses -- can become moldy if you aren't careful. Luckily, following these tips can help you prevent this mold from growing so that you can keep your trusses looking great and in great shape for a long time to come.
1. Choose Prefabricated Trusses
First of all, consider choosing prefabricated trusses rather than rafters that are built on-site. Prefabricated trusses are typically made in a climate-controlled factory, meaning that they aren't exposed to water, warmth or other elements. Unlike with a project that is tackled on-site, you don't have to worry about your new trusses being contaminated with moisture, heat and other factors that can cause mold growth before your home is even finished. Plus, prefabricated trusses can have additional benefits as well, such as allowing you to get into your home more quickly and allowing you to cut labor costs.
2. Maintain Your Shingles or Other Roofing Material
Once your shingles or other roofing materials are installed, it's important to keep them well-maintained. Otherwise, the shingles on top of your trusses could leak and allow moisture to get into your trusses, which can eventually lead to mold and mildew growth. Plus, making sure that your roofing materials are properly maintained will help you enjoy an attractive, safe roof for much longer.
3. Clean Your Trusses
Periodically, it's a good idea to clean your trusses (as well as the rest of the outside of your home). If you are into do-it-yourself projects and have a little bit of time, you can buy or rent a pressure washer and a long attachment for it and get the job done yourself, or you can hire a pressure washing company to come out and do the job for you. Your roofing professional may even handle this job to get rid of any mold or mildew that might have already grown or to get rid of bacteria. Along with getting rid of and preventing mold, this can also help keep the outside of your home looking great.
As you can see, there are steps that you can take to help prevent your home's trusses from becoming moldy. Give these tips a try if you'd like to keep mold at bay and keep your home in excellent shape. Contact local truss contractors for more information.